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Centurion

In 2nd-century Britain, Roman fighter Quintas Dias (Michael Fassbender) is the lone survivor of a Pictish attack on a Roman frontier post. Eager for revenge, he joins the Ninth Legion -- under General Virilus (Dominic West) -- and journeys north on a mission to destroy the Picts. Writer-director Neil Marshall's rousing sword-and-sandals adventure also stars Olga Kurylenko as the beautiful Pict warrior Etain.
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“Centurion," directed by Neil Marshall, follows a Roman Army mission into Scotland in 117 A.D. Read the review
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Auteur cinema of a very narrow stripe, this personalizes a familiar genre to advance a singularly pessimistic view of humanity.
Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader  full review
 
Centurion wraps itself in talk of duty and honor, but really it's just another cinematic death-trip.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post  full review
 
The film has a resigned bitterness, hard to shake off, that feels right for the experience of tough guys, from whatever period of history, who find themselves at the tattered edge of what they take to be civilization.
Anthony Lane, New Yorker  full review
 
Marshall shows off the breathtaking landscape, but with interiors, he populates the ale houses and encampments with cliches.
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News  full review
 
Bloody well done.
Rob Nelson, Minneapolis Star Tribune  full review
 
Rousing if slightly predictable.
Leslie Felperin, Variety  full review
 
Unpretentious swords-and-sandals film crafts a tight survival drama out of Roman Empire lore.
John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter  full review
 
There are, by my count, six standard types of violence in film these days: Tarantino, comic book, Scorsese, martial arts, horror and stupid. That's right: stupid. For an example, look no further than Centurion.
Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle  full review
 
Far more entertaining, and infinitely less cumbersome, than its recent big-budget Hollywood counterparts.
Cary Darling, Dallas Morning News  full review
 
For all its analogies to Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam, or wherever, the underlying thrust of Centurion is its celebration of bloodlust.
Stephen Holden, New York Times  full review
 
Sack, pillage, repeat. Heads will roll. And bounce. And be stuck on pikes.
Kyle Smith, New York Post  full review
 
By turns heroic, fearsome, funny, fateful and, oh, so brutal, with swords hacking off heads at every turn.
Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times  full review
 
Flaming arrows, spears, and knives have no problem finding their way to the back of a mouth. The profanity is delightful. And the general atmosphere is grim. The movie just isn't terribly inspired.
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe  full review
 
It offers riveting storytelling, gorgeous cinematography and scenery, loads of gore, and a politically complicated history lesson.
Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com  full review
 
No one can claim the bloodshed was toned down in the quest for a PG-13 -- and I consider that to be a positive quality.
James Berardinelli, ReelViews  full review
 
Most of the characters are so characterless that you can't tell who they are when they get impaled or beheaded, and you can't remember who they used to be after they're dispatched. Not that it matters.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
 
When it comes to crunchy impalings and messy arterial geysers, Marshall's a maestro.
Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly  full review
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